Deja Vu

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You know that feeling you get when you walk into the gym and BAM! It’s chalk full of brand new routes and boulder problems for you climb, crush and curse? We owe it all to our route setting crew.

Route setters are, by nature, a different breed. The job is 3/4 manual labor, 1/8 creativity, 1/16 climbing and 1/16 cheep beer. They are the strong and not-so-silent type who are up with the sun, day in and day out to dream up and create your next project.

We’re proud to have worked with Touchstone athlete Joe Kinder to take a closer look at the daily grind of one of our own. Ben Polanco, AKA Flea, has been routesetting for over 11 years. Take a look behind the scenes and pull back the curtain on a day in the life of a Touchstone route setter.